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Discussing Mental Health with Patti Sinkoe

May 17th, 2017 - Brett Diaz

In the United States, approximately one in five adults and youth age 13-18 experience some form of mental illness. Goodman Jewish Family Services is a leader in providing quality counseling and mental health services in Broward County.  Goodman JFS understands that mental illness affects everyone equally, regardless of economic status, physical health, family background, ethnicity or religious belief.

“If you break your leg, you’re going to go to the doctor to get that leg healed.  If … something inside you feels like it’s wounded, it’s just like a physical injury.  You’ve got to go get help.  There’s nothing weak about that.  It’s strong.”  President Barack Obama

Our daily lives are filled with emotional ups and downs including family conflict, life transitions and trauma that may affect our emotional well-being. Life’s stressors can sometimes cause emotional pain that goes above and beyond one’s breaking point. Mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression go beyond these emotional reactions to stress and become something much longer lasting. With proper treatment by a mental health professional, an individual can reach their full potential, becoming more productive and improving their relationships with others. Treatment options may include counseling (therapy), medication, social support and education.

Each mental health condition has its own symptoms, but common signs of mental illness in adults and adolescents may include the following:

  • •Excessive worrying or fear
  • •Feeling overly sad or low
  • •Confused thinking or difficulty concentrating and learning
  • •Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • •Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger
  • •Avoiding friends and social activities
  • •Changes in sleeping habits, feeling tired and having little or no energy
  • •Changes in eating habits, such as increased hunger or lack of appetite
  • •Multiple physical ailments without obvious causes (such as headaches, stomach aches, vague and ongoing “aches and pains”)
  • •Thoughts of suicide
    • Mental health conditions can also develop in younger children. Symptoms in children may include the following:
      • •Changes in school performance
      • •Excessive worry or anxiety
      • •Hyperactive behavior
      • •Frequent nightmares
      • •Frequent episodes of disobedience or aggression
      • •Frequent temper tantrums

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding mental health and would like to speak to a mental health professional, please contact Goodman JFS at 954-370-2140. If your mental health issue is life-threatening, call 911 or Broward First Call for Help at 211 or 954-537-0211, or go to your nearest emergency room.

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